January 11, 2013 |
Enrollment at Community College of Philadelphia fell 4 percent last fall, and officials suspect tightened eligibility guidelines for federal financial aid are to blame in part. Full-time student enrollment on its own took an even bigger hit, dropping 8.3 percent, from 5,540 in fall 2011 to 5,076 last fall. Throughout the region, other community colleges also report dips or flat enrollment, and note that students who in the past would have received aid, known as Pell grants, are going without.
December 21, 2012
'TIS THE season for stockings, car commercials, wish lists, egg nog and scammers. With the student financial-aid application season beginning soon, state officials are reminding students and families that they may be contacted by individuals or companies via email, social media or traditional mail, offering assistance in securing scholarship money for a fee. Some of the organizations are legitimate; others are not. Families can avoid scams...
December 20, 2012 |
SCOTT HARTNELL doesn't need to be on the ice to win. The Flyers forward recently defeated former Flyer James van Riemsdyk - now with the Maple Leafs - in a contest to see who could raise the most money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Power of 2 charity set up the wager in which the duo went head-to-head online. Hartnell raised $22,000 for the Empire State Relief fund, $4,000 more than JVR pulled in for Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Because he "lost," JVR will go Christmas shopping for Hartnell at the Mall of America in Minneapolis on Wednesday.
November 14, 2012 |
GET READY FOR a media blitz about Philadelphia Catholic schools. Choose My Future, a new archdiocesan marketing campaign, aims to boost enrollment in the 17 Catholic high schools of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia through online and radio advertisements. A newly retooled website also informs potential students. The program is "part of a larger effort to reinvigorate Catholic education and reengage our enthusiastic and devoted alumni by highlighting the individual excellence and collective greatness of the Catholic high schools," said Samuel Casey Carter, chief executive officer of the Faith in the Future Foundation, which provides strategic management for the city's Catholic schools.
August 31, 2012 |
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Richard C. Levin, who as president of Yale University transformed the Ivy League school with a major building and renovation program, an expansion in financial aid, and growing international ties, announced Thursday that he is stepping down at the end of the academic year after 20 years. Levin, 65, has served longer than any other president currently in the Ivy League or the 61-member Association of American Universities. His legacy extends well beyond Yale, with several of his administrators going on to lead top universities such as Duke, MIT, Oxford, and Cambridge.
August 14, 2012 |
Temple University will kick off a $100 million fund-raising campaign in the fall specifically targeted at financial aid, as it continues a concerted effort to roll back the cost of education. Famous Temple alum Bill Cosby has filmed several videos the university will use to urge its 275,000 alumni and others to donate and help a new generation of students attend school at an affordable cost. It's the largest campaign specifically for financial aid ever undertaken by the 39,000-student university, whose main campus is in the heart of North Philadelphia and whose mission includes serving students from the region.
June 9, 2012 |
As if they weren't already forking over enough to pay for their education, college students are also being pressed to use costly debit cards and pay hefty fees to middlemen to get their financial aid. As many as 900 colleges have been pushing students into using payment cards that carry stiff costs, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Higher Education Fund. The group said in a report that colleges and banks have been raking in millions of dollars from the fees, often through secretive deals.
March 27, 2012 |
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg on Monday urged federal officials to review the proposed merger between Rutgers-Camden and Rowan Universities, questioning whether a deal had been "crafted to benefit powerful political interests without regard for the impact on students. " In his letter to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat, expressed concern about the merger's effect on thousands of students receiving federal financial aid. The letter did not name the "political interests" involved, beyond Republican Gov. Christie.
March 26, 2012 |
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.) on Monday urged federal officials to review the proposed merger between Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University, questioning whether a deal had been "crafted to benefit powerful political interests without regard for the impact on students. " In his letter to U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Lautenberg expressed concern about the merger's impact on thousands of students receiving federal financial aid. The letter did not name the "political interests" involved, beyond Gov. Christie.